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Leslie Ferguson Langnecker Luttgens

Leslie Ferguson Langnecker Luttgens passed away peacefully at her home in San Francisco on October 27, 2017. Mrs. Luttgens, a community and civic leader, foundation trustee, corporate director, and philanthropist, was a trailblazer for women. She set precedents in the corporate world as an effective director on boards, and in the volunteer sector, as a committed leader and advocate for health, education and social service causes. Born December 27, 1922 in Palo Alto, she attended Stanford University ('43) where she served as president of the student body. She was the beloved wife of William F. Luttgens, M.D. who predeceased her, loving mother of Lise Luttgens, and devoted grandmother of Kate Santulli, both residing in Los Angeles.
Mrs. Luttgens worked at the Stanford (Presbyterian) Hospital Auxiliary (founding member), and the San Francisco Junior League (past president). Throughout her career, she served in leadership, governance and fundraising roles including the Nat'l Council on Foundations (former Chairman), the Rosenberg Foundation (past President and Trustee Emeritus), the Walter S. Johnson and Coro Foundations (past Director), SF Business Leadership Task Force (past Chairwoman), Private Industry Council of SF (past Vice Chair), UCSF Board of Overseers, United Bay Area Crusade (first female Board President), SF Mayor Agnos' Fiscal Advisory Committee and Hotel Tax Advisory Committee (past Chairman), SF Education Fund (past Chair), Mills College Associate Council (past Chair), Burke's and University High Schools (past Vice Chair).
In the corporate sector, Mrs. Luttgens served on the boards of directors of Hexcel, Foremost- McKesson, Crocker National Bank, Pacific Gas & Electric Co, Pacific Telesis Group, and Pacific Bell. She received honorary degrees from Mills College and the University of San Francisco. She received the Alexis de Tocqueville Society Award for Leadership, the Jefferson Award from the American Institute of Public Service, and the Alumnae Resources WAVE (Women of Achievement, Vision & Excellence) award, among many others.
Her family is deeply grateful to her devoted caregivers, Josephine, Bernie and Trish. A celebration of her life will be planned at a future date by Lise Luttgens ([email protected]). Please visit www.halstedngray.com for more information. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mrs. Luttgens' name to the Rosenberg Foundation, 131 Steuart Street, Suite 650, San Francisco, CA 94105.
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Nov. 5, 2017
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